Announcements for July 14, 2013

posted Jul 11, 2013, 5:58 AM by Susan Granski

Monday Evening Bible Study in July. Rev. Mertz will offer a Monday evening Bible study on the passage(s) he will preach on the following Sunday. Please join us July 15, 22 and 29 at 6:30 PM in the Fellowship Room.

Christ Care Gatherings. Join others to learn and talk about how we each can make a difference in the lives of others. A Christ Care gathering is scheduled TODAY from 11:30 – 12:30 PM in room 105. Opportunities to care for and be in ministry with others will include ministries that nurture our church family, and mission opportunities in Union County and beyond. Questions?? Contact Su Iliff at

Meal and a Mission. Be a part of Meal and a Mission: Dinner, a show, prayer and a mission on Thursday July 18th at 6 pm. This is a time for fellowship to benefit UMCOR Relief. You can have fun and help in so many ways – 1. Join the dinner team - we need people to supply Salads, Breads, Casseroles, and Desserts. 2. Help serve the meal. 3. Come and eat with us and work on the mission activity. 4. Donate items for the Relief Kits. There will be sign ups available before and after church or simply contact Traci Basaman

VBS Fun Fair will be next Sunday, July 21 at 2 p.m. This event wraps up the VBS week. It will be on the church lawn and open to the community, the proceeds of which will go to the Greater NJ Sandy Relief Fund. You can take part by hosting a booth with a few other friends or family members.  We also need the congregation's support by coming out and playing games! It's not just for kids!  For more information or to sign up to host a booth and get game ideas, please contact Sarah Ashworth at

Planning for next year is upon us! the Fellowship Room are idea charts for various congregational and small group activities. you want to plant a seed and watch it grow? your idea up and run with it or sign on to help with a listed activity which inspires you. dates and confirmation of activities will take place in late August in order to prepare an Activity Calendar for the next cycle.

Craft/Social Group, Wednesdays in July and August. Please join us in the Fellowship Room on Wednesdays in July and August from 1—3 PM. Bring your knitting, sewing and crafts or just join us for social time! We also have some fun projects that you can work on. Hope to see you whenever you can make it!

Enjoy Summer Jazz from FUMC’s front lawn! Relax and enjoy the music of the Sweet Sounds Downtown Jazz Festival each Tuesday in July and August from 7-9 PM. Bring lawn chairs or a blanket and your picnic dinner. Playing July 16th is Pat Cuttitta (

One Adult Sweatshirt, Size Small. One zipped white sweatshirt with the First United Methodist logo is left from our sale (in size adult small)! It is available in the church office for $40. 908-233-4211.

Join our church family for a fun-filled day at Dorney Park and Wildwater Kingdom in Allentown, PA on Saturday, July 27. Please meet at the church at 8:30am and plan to return later that evening. RSVP to Sarah Ashworth ( ) by July 21 to reserve tickets, adults: $35.99 online (or 49.99 at the park), children under 48" tall: $27.99 online (or 29.99 at the park). Don't forget to bring your swimsuit and towel for the waterpark!

Summer Caroling! Why should caroling be restricted to the Christmas season when there are joyous songs to share all year long? It shouldn’t! Join us on Sunday, July 28 in visiting homebound congregants for a bit of summer caroling. The songs will be familiar hymns and church camp pieces, including those from VBS of this year and the past. We will gather at 1:30 PM in the church parking lot. Contact Marcee Rogers if you are interested in singing or wish to be visited.

Please join us for a night of Mini Golfing on Friday, August 2 at 7 p.m. at Hyatt Hills Golf Complex, 1300 Raritan Road, Clark. $8 for adults, $6 for children 16 and under. For more information, contact Sarah Ashworth at

Wanted by the UMW. The Elisabeth Circle wants your "attic treasures" - forgotten or just no longer wanted or needed, new and used items like paintings, old Barbies, Hot Wheels, Beanie Babies, furniture, antique dishes, collectables, etc. We have established an e-bay account and will be listing your donated treasures as a fund raising event for the Church.  If you have items to donate to either the e-bay fundraising project or for the upcoming yard sale please contact Janet at  We can arrange pick up and/or storage for items that you would like to donate.

A Future with Hope

A Future with Hope is the organization created to oversee the efforts of the Greater NJ Annual Conference to repair, rebuild and renew homes and communities damaged or destroyed by Superstorm Sandy. Money donated to the conference’s Sandy Relief Fund goes directly to relief and recovery efforts.

Volunteer work crews are being formed to assist with repairing up to 500 homes of the low income, elderly and disabled.  Our church is forming one such team to serve the week of August 18-24.

Between now and then we will be collecting items to support this work. Over the next six weeks when you come to worship, please bring an item from the list below and place it in the collection bin. The items collected will be delivered to the program distribution site the week of August 18to provide hands-on assistance to our brothers and sisters in need.

Items requested are:

Paper Products (toilet paper, paper towels, tissues, napkins)

Cloth dish towels/HandiWipes

Scouring Pads/SOS Pads/Brillo

Dish Soap/Pump Style Hand Soap & refills

Bleach/Pine Sol/Soft Scrub

Trash Bags (kitchen and large lawn sized)

Gift cards to Target, Wal-Mart, Lowe’s, Home Depot